NOAO Currents

June 2016  •  Issue 40

 

Currents

Currents is a sparkplug for communication between NOAO and our community. It provides updates—and solicits community input—on NOAO observing opportunities and NOAO programs and policies on a more rapid timescale than is possible with the NOAO Newsletter.

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In this Issue…

NOAO Data Lab

NOAO Data Lab Demo at June AAS Meeting: Have you been wondering if there’s a better way to interact with large datasets? NOAO is developing the NOAO Data Lab to enable exploration and analysis of survey datasets generated by its wide-field telescopes. Drop by the NOAO booth at the June AAS meeting to see a demonstration of Data Lab capabilities and provide feedback to the development team. Read more…

LSST-Kavli Meeting

Maximizing Science in the Era of LSST: What supporting OIR capabilities will be needed to maximize the science enabled by the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)? An ongoing study led by NOAO and LSST aims to identify, quantify, and prioritize these. Over the past few months, 6 community-based study groups have developed detailed science cases and quantitative resource requirements, which they have prioritized across all study groups. The study report will be published later this summer. Read more…

GMOS Data Reduction Cookbook Now Available: Are you interested in reducing your Gemini GMOS data but don’t know how to get started? The US National Gemini Office has developed a data reduction cookbook for the twin GMOS spectrographs, which are the most heavily used instruments on the Gemini telescopes. Data reduction tutorials include start-to-finish scripts (for both the IRAF and PyRAF environments) and detailed instructions for reducing data from actual observing programs. Read more…

LSSTC Data Science Fellowship Program: Graduate students, are you eager to learn about data science and techniques for dealing with big data? Consider applying for the LSSTC Data Science Fellowship Program, a supplement to graduate education in astronomy that is designed to teach essential skills for the LSST era. The application deadline is 10 June 2016.

NOAO in the News:

Protocluster

Young Mammoth Cluster of Galaxies Sighted in the Early Universe: Astronomers using data from KPNO and Keck Observatory have uncovered evidence for a vast collection of young galaxies 12 billion light years away, one of the most massive structures known at that distance.

New Light on the Big Bang: Spectra from the KPNO Mayall led to the discovery of a small blue galaxy with a near-pristine chemical composition, close to that of the early universe.

KPNO with figure

A Giant Planet Discovered Around a Very Young Star: A young giant planet, still embedded in its natal disk of gas and dust, has been detected by the wobble it induces in the star it orbits. Spectra from the KPNO 2.1m and Mayall telescopes were used in the discovery.

Puffy Planet Discovered by KELT-S Transit Survey: A robotic survey designed to detect planets orbiting bright stars, reports its first discovery: a highly inflated giant planet. NOAO astronomer David James is a founding member of the survey.

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Currents is a sparkplug for communication between NOAO and our community. It provides updates—and solicits community input—on NOAO observing opportunities and NOAO programs and policies on a more rapid timescale than is possible with the NOAO Newsletter.

NOAO is the national center for ground-based nighttime astronomy in the United States and is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), Inc. under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.

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